Guide to the Papers of Errol Flynn and Theodore Flynn


MS Acc13.136

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Collection Summary

Flynn, Errol Leslie Thomson
Papers of Errol Flynn and Theodore Flynn
Date Range
Collection Number
MS Acc13.136
0.35 metres (2 ms boxes + 1 security binder)
Language of Materials
Special Collections (Manuscripts)


Scope and Contents

Letters from Flynn to his immediate family (1935-1959); papers relating to Flynn's financial affairs, including his estates in Jamaica; papers and correspondence relating to Flynn's final illness and death; letters written to members of Flynn's family by others; early family photographs taken in Australia; a photograph of Flynn with his first wife, Lili; and a photograph of Flynn with his father, Theodore Flynn, aboard his yacht Zaca.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Errol Flynn and Theodore Flynn, National Library of Australia, MS Acc13.136, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Finding Aid Source(s)

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Item Descriptions

Series 1. Letters and telegrams

Family correspondence, 1931-1959 (File 1) - Security-Binder File 1

Letters (32) from Flynn to his mother, father and sister Rosemary; letter from Flynn to Dr Harold R. Sherwood; letter from Flynn to F.V Grosett; and telegrams (4) from Flynn to his father, Theodore Flynn.

Letter to Flynn from his mother, Marelle Flynn, 1957 (File 1) - Security-Binder File 1

Letters of condolence, 1959 (File 3) - Box 1

Letters of condolence to Flynn's parents on his death, some of which contain rememberances of Flynn's life during his last days. Includes a letter from Flynn's doctor, Grant Gould, and one from Florence Aadland, mother of Beverley Aadland, 1959.

Correspondence, 1969-1971 (File 8) - Box 2

Correspondence between Flynn's sister, Rosemary Warner, and solicitors re Flynn's estate and also the estate of her father, Theodore Flynn.

Letters to Flynn's parents, 1958 and 1967 (File 9) - Box 2

Four letters to Flynn's parents: one from Flynn's first wife, Lili (1967); two from his last wife, Patrice (1967) and one from Beverely Aadland (1958).

Letters to Flynn's father, 1940-1968 (File 12) - Box 2

Letters (32) to Flynn's father, Theodore Flynn, from family and friends; includes letters of condolence on the death of Flynn's mother, Marelle, in 1967.

Letters to/from Flynn's mother, 1924-1967 (File 13) - Box 2

Small group of letters to/from Flynn's mother, Marelle. Includes a letter from her niece, Amy, containing family history information; one from Earl Conrad re Flynn's autobiography; and one from Marelle to 'Joan' (nd), 1924-1967.

Letters to Flynn's sister, 1968-1972 (File 14) - Box 2

Small group of letters to Flynn's sister, Rosemary Warner. Includes condolences on the death of her father and one from 'Aunt Ida'.

Series 2. Photographs

Photographs, c1909-1940s (File 2) - Box 1

Ten loose leaves containing early family photographs, including three professional black and white photographs: Flynn and his first wife, Lili; Flynn and his father, Theodore; and a portrait of Theodore Flynn. Note: leaves appear to be from an album, and are incomplete with numbering being: 1, 3, 5, 8, 12, 14, 16, 17, 22 and one unnumbered.

Photograph by Lloyd MacLean of Errol Flynn and his father Theodore Flynn aboard Flynn's yacht, Zaca, c.1946 (Item [unnumbered])

Series 3. General papers

Correspondence, 1958-1971 (File 4-7) - Box 1

Correspondence with solicitors, legal documents and papers relating to the estate of Errol Flynn. Includes a photocopy of a draft will written in Flynn's hand while in Cuba (1958) and a manuscript fragment of a draft will (nd); correspondence with Earl Conrad, a writer who was collaborating with Flynn on his autobiography.

Papers and correspondence relating property owned by Flynn, 1947-1957 (File 10) - Box 2

Papers and correspondence relating property owned by Flynn in Jamaica where his parents were living; includes correspondence with solicitors and with estate manager, B.R. Scott; two Power of Attorney documents between Flynn and his father; a pencil sketch of the plan of the estate; costings for furnishing an unidentified property on the estate; an inventory of the contents of Boston House (1957); and several letters to Flynn's parents from local residents in Jamaica, 1947-1957.

Correspondence relating to an article entitled 'My son Errol', c1959-1963 (File 11) - Box 2

Correspondence and agreement between Flynn's father and London International Press relating to an article entitled 'My son Errol', which was published in three parts; ncluded is a typescript of parts 2-3; carbon copy of an article by Flynn's mother, Marelle, entitled 'My son Errol - then and now'; parts 1-3 of an edited typescript draft entitled 'My son Errol by his mother Marelle Flynn', annotated 'To be OK'd by Mrs Flynn' (nd), c1959-1963.

Miscellaneous papers, 1930-1972 (File 15) - Box 2

Includes newspaper cuttings and a statement of Flynn's employment with Warner Brothers, addressed to the American Consul in London.